Robert K. Dresing


Robert (Bob) has been a transformational leader in business and in advocacy. In 1963, Bob co-founded the first Ethan Allen Furniture store. In the early 1980s, he developed a chain of freestanding emergency medical clinics. From 1984 until 1994, Bob served as President and CEO of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, leading the organization to unprecedented growth and scientific research success including the discovery of the gene for CF. Additionally, CF Services, Inc., one of the nation’s first specialty pharmacies was conceived and launched giving CF patients improved access to the products that were previously difficult to access due to reimbursement barriers and lack of coverage.

In 1996, continuing his quest to serve patients with complex health conditions, Bob founded TheraCom, Inc., a full-service care provider of specialty, biotechnology and pharmaceutical products for some of the most difficult specialty therapies. TheraCom was acquired by AdvancePCS in 2001. After leaving TheraCom in 2004, he co-founded Bethesda Partners, LLC, with his longtime business partner, Mark Hansan, consulting with small healthcare companies and pharmaceutical start-ups, as well as several technology companies designed to detect and prevent fraud while ensuring accurate reporting of credentialed businesses, employees, and subcontractors.

In 2011, Bob and Mark co-founded CareMetx, LLC to protect innovation by helping life science manufacturers with patient-centric services, technology and data/analytics.

Bob was a Member of the Health Services Advisory Council of Columbia University. He served on the Board of Directors of SupplyScape, a venture-backed company fighting to protect our nation’s pharmaceutical industry from counterfeiting. Bob has been a founder and member of some of the nation’s leading health organizations including Research America, and served on a special advisory council to the former Director of the National Institutes of Health and the NIH NIDDK Advisory Council.

Bob was recognized by the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (now PhRMA) for his leadership in the creation of patient assistance programs, which allowed uninsured patients to receive access to free drugs. He was recognized as an outstanding alumnus at Baldwin Wallace University. He is a retired officer of the National Guard.